skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 120515 Find in a Library
Title: Conflicts of Privacy
Journal: Security  Volume:26  Issue:10  Dated:(October 1989)  Pages:38-41
Author(s): B Zalud
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 4
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The right to privacy may be complicated by the misuse of financial, legal, medical, security, and other personal information collected by companies about their workers.
Abstract: Privacy advocates believe employees need protection from the government and from employers. Electronic surveillance, closed circuit television monitoring, performance monitoring, and testing are examples where privacy issues arise. In addition, computerized data bases complicate the privacy issue, since proper data base content and ways to release confidential information change constantly. The right to privacy is complicated in three basic areas: people disagree over what is a personal matter; sometimes the reasons for monitoring or recordkeeping outweigh the need to protect people from such intrusions; and people feel it is unfair to base important decisions on information that should not have been available. It is pointed out, however, that companies who specialize in collecting personal information are generally careful in corroborating facts, especially negative ones. The handling of background investigations, personnel records, and psychological and drug testing of employees can infringe upon privacy. By law, investigators should only collect information that is specifically needed and only use it for the purpose it was collected.
Main Term(s): Right of privacy
Index Term(s): Confidential records access; Employee drug testing; Legal privacy protection
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.